Nikki Haley Pummels UN Human Rights Council - Katie Pavlich

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters in a file

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters in a file

Haley, Trump's envoy to the United Nations, said the US had given the human rights body "opportunity after opportunity" to make changes.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is accusing human rights groups of undermining the United States and putting themselves "on the side of Russian Federation and China" by seeking to prevent the U.S. from leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council.

"This decision, in many respects, has been decades in the making", Bolton said.

So, how will this decision impact the global fight to protect human rights? He said: "All delegations attach great importance to this body".

South Africa remains firmly committed to the United Nations and the Human Rights Council and will do its part to ensure that the organ continues to serve as a beacon of hope.

Human Rights Watch U.N. director Louis Charbonneau said the US draft General Assembly resolution "could have backfired badly and the process could have been hijacked" by the countries seeking to undermine the Human Rights Council.

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The human rights office, or OHCHR, is a permanent United Nations organization that ultimately falls under Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Diplomats from several countries made the comments in a brief break in the Human Rights Council's regular schedule on Wednesday to allow for comments about the Trump administration's decision Tuesday to pull out from the 47-member council. The United States is traditionally one of its largest donors.

President Trump directed the US trade representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports Monday as the two nations moved closer to a trade war.

Bolton, a former ambassador to the U.N. during President George W. Bush's administration, said that the United States is self-governing, and that it does not need the advice of the United Nations or other worldwide bodies on how to do so. Other contentious moves have included slapping tariffs on steel and aluminum against key trading partners, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Washington withdrew on Tuesday, condemning the "hypocrisy" of council members and an alleged "unrelenting bias" against Israel.

Haley has been the driving force behind withdrawing from the human rights body, unprecedented in the 12-year history of the council.

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